Jerry McDonald, NFL writer for the Bay Area News Group, offers his insights into the first round of the NFL draft.

1. INDIANAPOLIS: QB Andrew Luck, Stanford Forever at second-and-4 in college, welcome to life at third-and-long.

2. WASHINGTON: QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor Expect similar stats (and wins) to top pick Cam Newton a year ago.

3. MINNESOTA: OT Matt Kalil, USC Vikings want trade, reluctantly take draft's best left tackle.

4. CLEVELAND: RB Trent Richardson, Alabama Go ahead and pencil him in for 1,500-plus yards rushing.

5. TAMPA BAY: CB Morris Claiborne, LSU If Ronde Barber is saying it's so, it must be so.

6. ST. LOUIS: WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State QB Bradford gets his own version of Megatron, Fitzgerald.

7. JACKSONVILLE: CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina A "need" pick with Rashean Mathis recovering from ACL surgery.

8. MIAMI: QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M Major reach by Dolphins -- just like Jake Locker in this spot last year.

9. CAROLINA: DE/OLB Melvin Ingram, South Carolina Panthers tab top edge player to improve anemic pass rush.

10. BUFFALO: OT Riley Reiff, Iowa Made investment in QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, now must protect him.

11. KANSAS CITY: G David DeCastro, Stanford In need of lead blocker to pave way for Charles, Hillis.

12. SEATTLE: LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College Best linebacker out of BC since Bill Romanowski, only more sane.

13. ARIZONA: WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame Cardinals convinced top prospect left alcohol-related issues behind.

14. DALLAS: S Mark Barron, Alabama Cowboys look to draft's top safety to shore up 23rd-ranked pass defense.

15. PHILADELPHIA: DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State Eagles delighted he fell this far to strengthen middle.

16. NEW YORK JETS: DT Michael Brockers, LSU With Cox off board, Ryan takes Brockers. Says he wanted him all along.

17. CINCINNATI: DT Dontari Poe, Memphis How about it, Raiders fans ... this 346-pound workout warrior or Carson Palmer?

18. SAN DIEGO: OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford Patchwork O-line included Jared Gaither at tackle.

19. CHICAGO: DE Shea McClellin, Boise State Bypasses an offensive tackle to get bookend rusher for Julius Peppers.

20. TENNESSEE: CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama Titans get a step-in starter for the departed Cortland Finnegan.

21. CINCINNATI: G-T Cordy Glenn, Georgia Biggest premium lineman in draft can play on island or in a phone booth.

22. CLEVELAND: G Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin New RB Richardson gets a bodyguard with second pick in Round 1.

23. DETROIT: CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama Lions overlook marijuana charge that got him booted from Florida.

24. PITTSBURGH: DE Courtney Upshaw, Alabama Fourth Tide pick well-schooled in Nick Saban's 3-4 scheme.

25. DENVER: DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse Brother of MMA superstar "Bones" Jones knows how to use his hands.

26. HOUSTON: WR Kendall Wright, Baylor Matt Schaub gets much-needed complement to Andre Johnson.

27. NEW ENGLAND: DE Andre Branch, Clemson Best closing speed of any edge player in the draft.

28. GREEN BAY: OLB Whitney Mercilus, Illinois Packers delighted to have complement for rush LB Clay Matthews.

29. BALTIMORE: WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech Ravens can't pass up this year's version of Darrius Heyward-Bey.

30. 49ERS: G Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State Tracy product fits nicely with Mike Iupati for next decade.

31. NEW ENGLAND: ILB Dont'a Hightower, Alabama That makes five picks in first round for Crimson Tide.

32. NEW YORK GIANTS: TE Coby Fleener, Stanford Cardinal gets its fourth first-round pick -- just barely.